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Episode 13: Civic Precinct Master Plan

In our thirteenth episode we discuss the Civic Precinct Master Plan. Council decided at the end of April to put a stop to the $50 million plan, but of course, it’ll be back.

Why is anyone working on this project? How can we possibly afford it alongside all of the other priorities that we have? What else could we be spending that money on? We tackle these questions and much, much more.

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Council has asked for two reports to come back in Q1 2014 – one to better understand concerns of festival groups, and one to find a way to deal with the LRT design, funding, and integration as part of the SE LRT budget.

As always, we welcome your feedback!

I’m a little behind in getting our episodes posted, but we should be back on track soon!


Episode 8: Enough is enough!

In our eighth episode we discuss an article that was written by Terence Harding on March 11 titled “Edmonton, we need to start saying no”. It was widely read and shared online, and sparked a good discussion about urban growth in our city. Here’s an excerpt:

Let me see if I have this right.

The city in which I live, which seems unable to build and maintain the infrastructure it currently has, wants to have more space to build more infrastructure it will not be able to maintain.

We discuss the City’s proposed annexation, we talk about core civic services, and yes, we touch on potholes. Is the problem one of planning? Are we experiencing urban growth or urban hoarding? Does anyone really think about how to operate things 30 years down the line? Where’s the task force that will figure out how we’re going to pay for everything? These are some of the questions we discuss.

In an election year like 2013, you can expect to hear many conversations about this topic. What do you think, are we as a city tackling too much?


Episode 5: Horse Hill ASP

In episode #5 we tackle the issue of land development in the northeast. City Council passed first and second reading of the Horse Hill ASP after a public hearing that took place on February 25 and 26.

The Horse Hill area encompasses approximately 2,770 hectares of land located north of Anthony Henday Drive, south and east of Manning Drive, and west of the North Saskatchewan River. The plan envisions five new neighbourhoods.

Do we need this development to take place? How does it fit into the bigger picture of Edmonton? Should opponents of urban sprawl focus their efforts on future land debates rather than this one? How can we ensure the Horse Hill area is developed properly? Those are some of the questions we discuss.

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The Capital Region Board will now consider the plan before it returns to Council for third reading and final approval.

Thoughts? Feedback? Let us know!